Let’s stand together against torture: Join #HumansAgainstTorture

Torture can hit anyone, anywhere – women, men and children. It causes pain that will never go away. Governments have the means to stop torture but fail to use them. The onus therefore is on each and everyone of us to demand that torture stops. [Read more …]





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Thailand:  Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk’s sentence reduced, injustice continues

Today’s decision by Thailand’s Supreme Court to reduce the prison sentence of human rights defender Somyot Phrueksakasemsuk does little to mitigate the prolonged injustice Somyot and his family have endured, the Observatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders (an FIDH-OMCT partnership) said. The Observatory reiterates its call for Somyot’s immediate and unconditional release.

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February 23, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Thailand
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Bahrain:  Nabeel Rajab's trial to resume after nine postponements

Mr. Nabeel Rajab will face a series of charges, including “deliberately spreading false information and malicious rumours with the aim of discrediting the State”, “disseminating false rumours in time of war”, “insulting a statutory body” and “offending a foreign country [Saudi Arabia]” before Manama’s Fourth High Criminal Court following the court’s decision on January 23, 2017 to postpone the hearing for the ninth time. Conviction would expose Nabeel Rajab to up to fifteen years in prison.

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February 21, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bahrain
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Bolivia:  Irrupción violenta y allanamiento de la sede de la APDHB y actos de intimidación contra su presidenta María Amparo Carvajal Baños

February 20, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Bolivia
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China:  Joint Letter to the Human Rights Council calling for a sustaining attention to human rights violations in China

After another year marked by enforced disappearances, denial of due process, and continued efforts to suppress human rights, we call on your delegation to join with other States to take collective, coordinated action at the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council to hold China accountable for its human rights record.

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February 17, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  China
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Saudi Arabia:  Judicial harassment of Ms Samar Badawi

The Observatory has been informed by reliable sources about the ongoing judicial harassment targeting Ms. Samar Badawi, a vocal advocate for imprisoned human rights activists and women's rights in Saudi Arabia, in particular the rights of women to vote, drive and achieve social justice.


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February 17, 2017  |   Human Rights Defenders  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Saudi Arabia
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South Sudan: UN Human Rights Council must address ongoing human rights violations in South Sudan

February 23, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  South Sudan
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The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights unveils full programme

The International Film Festival and Forum on Human Rights (FIFDH) is celebrating its 15th anniversary! As the most important event on cinema and human rights worldwide, it brings together 300 guests from 62 different countries between March 10th to the 19th 2017, and offers 134 events at the heart of Geneva during the main session of the United Nations Human Rights Council.

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February 21, 2017  |  Events

United States: Torture will make terrorism – not America – great again, OMCT warns

Torturing suspects is illegal, ineffective and will only heighten the risk of terrorism, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) warned after Donald Trump again condoned torture on his first televised interview yesterday as United States President.

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January 26, 2017  |  Statements  |  United States

Egypt: A year after Regeni’s death, still no justice or steps to end torture in Egypt

On the first anniversary of the death of Italian student Giulio Regeni, Egypt still has not brought before justice those responsible for his enforced disappearance, torture and killing.


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January 25, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements  |  Egypt

Turkmenistan: Open Letter: Civil Society request to vote against the CMI Offshore Project in Turkmenistan

I​n addition to its grave environmental risks, this project is not in line with the EBRD Country Strategy for Turkmenistan, as well as EBRD’s Transportation Strategy for the region. Unfortunately, reform by the government of Turkmenistan has been largely absent and any changes have been purely superficial, designed to appease international institutions without providing any benefit to the citizens of the country. Members of the political opposition inside the country have been pushed into exile or imprisoned, with political prisoners often subject to torture and enforced disappearance.

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January 23, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Urgent Interventions  |  Turkmenistan

How children can survive torture

Report on the Expert Workshop on redress and rehabilitation of child and adolescent victims How children can survive tortureof torture and the intergenerational

transmission of trauma

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January 20, 2017  |   Assistance to victims, Rights of the Child  |  Reports and Publications

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January 20, 2017  |  Statements

Joint written statement to the 34th session of the UN Human Rights Council (27 February – 24 March 2017)

January 18, 2017  |   Monitoring Protection Mechanisms  |  Statements

The Child Justice Advocacy Group calls on the government of the Philippines to reject proposals to lower the minimum age of criminal responsibility

Civil society organizations call on the Senate and Government of the Philippines to refrain from adopting reforms to lower the age of criminal responsibility from 15 to nine.

This reform would be an abdication of the Philippines’ commitment under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and would not be an effective way of addressing crime committed by children. The

Committee on the Rights of the Child has called on States to progressively raise the age of criminal responsibility, and has made it clear that a minimum age of criminal responsibility of nine is not internationally acceptable. 

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January 17, 2017  |   Rights of the Child  |  Statements

Volunteering opportunity: Social Media Specialist

The World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) is seeking a full- or part-time volunteer for at least four months and up to a year to join its Geneva headquarters team as soon as possible.

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